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Wood&Steel

Our in-house magazine brings you all the latest from Taylor

Volume 91 / Summer 2018

COVER STORY

Investing in Ebony’s Future

More than six years into our efforts to improve the ebony trade in Cameroon, we’ve transformed an ebony mill, we’re learning about ebony ecology, and we’re planting trees. Plus: A preview of our new Crelicam ebony guitar slides.

FEATURES

From Skeptic to Believer

Shawn Persinger already loves his Taylors, so he doubted our V-Class bracing would move the needle. Here’s what he discovered.

How to Hit the Road

Well-traveled Canadian troubadour Melanie Dekker shares tips on planning a tour as an independent artist.

A Class of Their Own

Our V-Class guitars have made a fantastic first impression. We bring you a roundup of reactions from dealers, customers, the media and more, along with test-driving tips.

New V-Class Guitars

Our breakthrough bracing system spreads to Grand Auditorium models from the 800 Deluxe through 500 Series.

Emerging Artist: Jade Bird

Passionate, poised and polished, the young British songstress has a knack for lyrical narratives and defying expectations.

Backstage Pass: Cary Morin

The self-styled fingerpicker explains his folk and blues-infused Native Americana sound, and why his T5 and Open D tuning are staples of his craft.

COLUMNS

Kurt’s Corner

Marching to the beat of our own drum is key to our ongoing evolution as a guitar company.

BobSpeak

If your truck breaks down in Cameroon, Taylor’s ace fabricator, Wayne Brinkley, is definitely the guy to call, as Bob details in a photo essay.

The Craft

The more we appreciate the unique musical nuances of guitars, the harder it is to pick a single favorite.

DEPARTMENTS

Ask Bob

V-Class variations, ears vs. electronics, and ebony accessories.

Sustainability

Scott Paul explains why forest restoration and reforestation are becoming major themes within international forest policy circles, and how Taylor fits into the conversation.

Soundings

Mimi Fox, Snuffy Walden, Builder’s Edition wins a MIPA, BMI’s “First No. 1” guitar, Taylor’s From the Factory podcast, and NAMM Show performance highlights.

What is Wood&Steel?

Wood&Steel began as a desire of Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug to create an informative communication channel between the company and the people who buy our guitars. Since its summer 1994 debut, our quarterly “owners newsletter” has evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a robust publication that covers all things Taylor, taking readers inside the Taylor factory for the inside scoop on our latest guitar developments and out into the world to connect with Taylor players, dealers and others who make up the vibrant, extended Taylor community. From stories about sourcing wood to guitar care tips to Q&A’s with Bob, we strive to share our passion for making and playing great guitars and to chronicle yours.

How to Get Wood&Steel

Wood&Steel is direct-mailed (free of charge) only to Taylor owners in the U.S. and Canada (if you are a Taylor owner in either country and are not receiving Wood&Steel, see our Owner Registration page). Free copies also are available at authorized Taylor dealers around the world, and each issue is viewable online. There is no paid subscription service.